This is the mantra I was taught growing up as one way to combat the urge to overconsume. Though we are reminded daily in the Northern Wilds of our planet’s intricate nature, complex systems, and exquisite beauty, the month of April encompasses Earth Day, so we decided to take a closer look at how our North Shore communities are looking out for the environment surrounding us.
Re, as a prefix, means again and again. It turns out there are many ways to use things again.
From Thunder Bay, Julia Prinselaar writes about the coal-fired power plant that was recently converted to run using biomass. In Grand Marais, the city and Cook County Local Energy Project have been laying the ground work to install a biomass heat plant to provide heat for the city’s largest public buildings and some private commercial buildings too. Biomass uses leftover slash from logging operations and and sawdust from sawmills as fuel, making the energy renewable.
Kim and Shem Falter write about ways to embrace the challenges of northern gardening. It can be difficult to grow vegetables in rocky soil and with a limited growing season. Reusing materials to build a hoophouse or raised beds can make your thumb a little greener.
We have stories in Along the Shore about a group that builds play houses for a community out of recycled doors. And in Grand Marais, four women got together to form a non-profit store called Oddz & Endz that restores and resells items that may have previously ended up in the trash.
A new report from the DNR with moose numbers for the year gave us pause, especially when juxtaposed with stories about the DNR moose calf collaring program in recent years. Writer Joseph Friedrichs looks at this issue in greater detail—controversy and all. Gord Ellis gives some tips on steelhead fishing, and Elle Andra-Warner covers the beginnings of the 3M Corporation, which started in Two Harbors.
Spring is a time of renewal. New Year’s resolutions might better be formed in April, when we are inspired by the earth’s capacity to grow again. Certainly these spring months are a time of rejuvenation.
I am also choosing this month to start again. This will be my last issue as managing editor for Northern Wilds. I will still be writing stories for the magazine, so you will see my byline now and then. I will also be trouncing around the woods and starting new endeavors, so I’m sure I will see you around.—Erin Altemus